The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an internationally recognised qualification at Level 3 for students aged 16 to 19.
It is based around detailed academic study of a wide range of subjects over 2 years, including languages, the arts, science, maths, history and geography, leading to a single qualification.
It has compulsory elements:
- Theory of knowledge: you'll learn about the bases of knowledge, and how to analyse evidence and express yourself in rational argument; you'll also be encouraged to draw on experiences you've gained outside the classroom.
- Creativity, action and service: this part of the programme encourages you to get involved in theatre or music activities, sports and/or community service.
- Extended essay: you'll investigate a particular topic of interest and be asked to write a 4,000 word essay about it.
You also take six optional elements, one from each of the following sections:
- First language (normally your mother tongue).
- Second language (this could be a language you already study, or a new one).
- Experimental sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, design technology).
- Mathematics and computer science.
- The arts (visual, music and theatre).
- Individuals and society (history, psychology, geography).
To find out more visit the International Baccalaureate website.
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